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Thread #81016   Message #1480846
Posted By: GUEST,Allen
09-May-05 - 01:02 PM
Thread Name: Hasidic/slow Klezmer CD recommendations?
Subject: RE: Hasidic/slow Klezmer CD recommendations?
The Hasidic chants are called nigunim, singular nigun.
Not sure if there is much difference really between a nigun and a zmirah.
Hasidim were really like the Hippies of the Jewish world, or to be serious, what Sufiism is to Islam. Music and dance are an essential part of their lifestyle. It's a way for the common man to keep in touch with God.
In fact it often borders on an ecstatic trance.